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Does School Of Nursing Require Jamb?

School of Nursing in Nigeria

Before you start reading the main body of this article, I want to ask you the very question that was asked of me by an art student: can an art student study nursing in Nigeria?

The question above may look somehow but it is a very fine question that needs a very thoughtful answer. What do you think is the answer to the question? Do you think it is possible for an art student to study nursing in Nigeria? You can leave your comments below.

However, we have done a very comprehensive article on the question. And we carefully explained the things you should know about nursing. You can check it out when you are done reading this article.

Now, let’s head back to the main purpose of this article: Does the school of nursing require jamb? This is one of the questions we are been asked daily by prospective nursing school students.

So in this article, I will be answering this very question and also, explaining to you the basic requirement to study nursing in Nigeria.

Furthermore, we believe that you are already conversant with the school of nursing in Nigeria. You already know the major difference between the school of nursing and the university.

And the difference between the degree offered by the university and that offered by the school of nursing.

Now, without further ado, let me answer the question.

Honestly, JAMB is not required for you to study nursing in the school of nursing. But JAMB is required if you must study nursing in any Nigeria university.

Having said that, you may be thinking about how you can become a nurse in Nigeria. You can become a nurse in Nigeria by going through the nursing school or going through the university.

What then are the requirements to study nursing in Nigeria universities and the school of nursing?

Continue reading to find out…

Requirements for School of Nursing in Nigeria 2020

The school of nursing has a general requirement that you must meet irrespective of the school you want to study nursing from.

This requirement does not include JAMB. But your age is of high importance. You can’t be 16 years old and expect to get admission into any school of nursing in Nigeria.

Though, a couple of times, there has been one or two nursing students who claimed to be 16years of age and was offered admission!

Honestly, I don’t know how they did it but the age limit for the school of nursing is 18years and above.

If you are below 18years, you are not eligible to study nursing in any school of nursing in Nigeria.

 General Nursing Programme

The currently approved entry requirement is five (5) O’level credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology at not more than two (2) sittings from either the West African Examination Council (WAEC) or National Examination Council (NECO).

Any student with a foreign examination board result(s) is expected to submit an evaluation report or equivalent grading from the Federal Ministry of Education along with the result. NABTEB is currently not acceptable.

Note: Just like I have said above, the age limit requirement for admission into Basic Nursing and Basic Midwifery Training programme is 18years and above.

Post Basic Midwifery Programme

To become a Registered Midwife, you have to first be a Registered Nurse. Once you have become a Registered Nurse (RN), you may apply for a Post-Basic Midwifery to become a registered midwife.

As a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife, you can receive a practising license to start a work-study program with a year of professional on-the-job training. Here, you will gain experience in a hospital and work towards a clinical specialization at the certificate level through professional programs.

You could then specialize in any of these clinical programs: Medical-Surgical Nurse, Public Health and Policy Nurse, Critical Care Nurse, Medical-Surgical Nurse, Anesthetist, Orthopedic, Pediatric, etc.

These specialization programs run for a full year except for the Nurse Anesthetist program which runs for 18 months.

Requirements To Study Nursing in Any Nigeria Universities 2020

There are several routes you can follow to study nursing in any Nigeria university. You can either use JAMB UTME, where you will write the school Post UTME or use can use direct entry method.

Using the direct entry method, you will have to take the direct entry form and sit for the direct entry examination.

Though, JUBEB students who choose to study Nursing only take the direct entry form from JAMB and will not write any examination set by the school.

They will only write the general JUPEB exam and if they meet or exceed the JUPEB cut off mark set for Nursing, they will be admitted by the school.

You can check the advantages of JUPEB and the Disadvantages of JUPEB too to learn more about the JUEB programme.

Also, Registered Nurses or Registered Midwives that have gone through the school of nursing can also take the direct entry form to enter the university.

These nurses will sit for the direct entry examination and if successful, will be admitted to study Nursing and obtain BSN at the end.

Bachelor of Nursing Sciences (BNSc)

As a prerequisite, you must have at least five (5) credit level passes at not more than two (2) sittings at the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE/NECO/GCE) examinations in the following subjects as listed below:

  • English Language
  • Biology or Health Science,
  • Chemistry,
  • Mathematics,
  • Physics or any other science subject

For direct entry, some universities accept qualification from any health-related discipline such as listed below:

  • Community Health Officer Training Certificate (CHO),
  • NCE (Physical/Health Education, Science Education, Nutrition, Home Economics)
  • Health Superintendent,
  • Registered Nurse (RN),
  • Physiology,
  • Medical Laboratory Science, etc.

Masters or Doctorate Degree in Nursing

Not too many study Nursing up to Maters or Doctorate level in Nigerian universities. For this reason, only two universities in Nigeria are currently running Nursing at these levels: Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife and the University of Ibadan.

Below is a list of some of the best-accredited universities in Nigeria where you could study Nursing:

List Of University That Offers Nursing in Nigeria

  1. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  2. Bayero University, Kano
  3. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  4. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  5. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  6. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  7. University of Ibadan (UI)
  8. Igbinedion University Okada
  9. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  10. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  11. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  12. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
  13. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  14. Madonna University, Okija
  15. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  16. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  17. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  18. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  19. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  20. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  21. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  22. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
  23. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  24. Abia State University, Uturu
  25. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  26. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  27. Achievers University, Owo
  28. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  29. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  30. Bowen University, Iwo
  31. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)

Lastly, it will be nice for you to know the salaries of nurses in Nigeria. At least, it will help you prepare your mind on what to expect.

Hope this article was helpful to you? Kindly leave a comment below if need be. You can also check some of the related articles below:


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4 Responses

  1. Sommy says:

    wow, thanks alot, I never knew this.

  2. Tessy says:

    Thank you so much for this.

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